Posted by Mike
Windows 7 and Netbooks
I have had a Gigabyte Q1000C Netbook on the workbench this week. The mini laptop came with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed. First off let me comment on ‘7 Starter’: I do not like these starter operating systems, for that matter all the ‘Home’ versions of every Windows operating system, XP, Vista and 7. They always seem to have problems. It would have been preferable for Microsoft to provide the basic Pro version at reduced price to OEM’s and the public market.
However the problems with Netbooks (at least this example) seems more about the lack of ability of the Intel Atom CPU, and insufficient RAM (2GB), to adequately run Windows 7.
Win 7 Instability Problems
Microsoft is aware of problems running Windows 7 on Netbooks. Their response is “There are too few problems to warrant a fix by a service pack or regular update, instead each issue will be addressed by a Hot-Fix”. Not really an adequate response to the numerous issues raised in online tech forums by owners of Netbooks.
The problems with this example:
- Windows Freezes: An ongoing problem that has persisted with the machine since the owner purchased it. Since arriving on the bench on Monday, this has occurred every day, initially so often it was almost impossible to do a Windows update (The owner had struggled with this, and ended up disabling updates – even Service Pack 1 had not been installed).
- Blue Screen of Death: No fewer than 5 instances of the ubiquitous Windows ‘friend’, the blue screen. After all these years, one would have expected Microsoft to move away from the basics that cause this error – a flawed basic system. After Windows XP, Microsoft should have taken the route Apple took with OSX – Unix.